Exiled Among Nations

German and Mennonite Mythologies in a Transnational Age

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John P. R. Eicher
Publications of the German Historical Institute
  • Cambridge: 
    Cambridge University Press
    , December
     334 pages.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.


How do groups of people fashion shared identities in the modern world? Following two communities of German-speaking Mennonites, one composed of voluntary migrants and the other of refugees, across four continents between 1870 and 1945, this transnational study explores how religious migrants engaged with the phenomenon of nationalism. John P. R. Eicher demonstrates how migrant groups harnessed the global spread of nationalism to secure practical objectives and create local mythologies. In doing so, he also reveals how governments and aid organizations used diasporic groups for their own purposes - and portraying such nomads as enemies or heroes in national and religious mythologies. By underscoring the importance of local and religious counter-stories that run in parallel to nationalist narratives, Exiled Among Nations helps us understand acts of resistance, flight, and diaspora in the modern world.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

John P. R. Eicher is Assistant Professor of History at Pennsylvania State University-Altoona, where his research focuses on Europe's global connections including colonialism, nationalism, migration and religion. His research has been supported by numerous organizations including the German Historical Institute, the Freie Universität Berlin and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), and his writing has won awards from the University of Iowa and the University of Winnipeg.


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